Worldwide's vast backlist of exhibition catalogues and other museum publications dating back to the 1960s stands as a unique resource for libraries collecting in the areas of art, architecture, photography and design, not least because our active inventory of nearly 30,000 such titles offers myriad options for assembling significant retrospective collections in specific subject areas. All of the titles in our inventory are volumes that were carefully vetted and selected at the time of their publication as recommended acquisitions for our academic and museum library clients, and many of the older titles are long out of print. 

Over the years we have worked with a number of institutions whose libraries have sought "curated" collections of exhibition catalogues of varying size, offering anywhere from a couple hundred titles on such narrowly defined topics as Native American art, Islamic art or photography, to an 800-volume retrospective collection compiled for an art library that had lost part of its collection due to flooding, a 5,000-volume opening-day collection for Savannah College of Art and Design's Hong Kong campus that opened in 2010, and a 20,000-volume opening-day collection for a new university art library in Taiwan.

The process of assembling a retrospective collection of museum publications from in-stock titles in Worldwide's inventory is facilitated both by our meticulous cataloging of each title by subject headings that indicate geographic region, country, period, artistic medium and special topic (e.g. women artists and minority artists), and by the multi-tiered ranking system that has shaped our approval-plan program for decades, allowing us to assist libraries in prioritizing their selections.

After working with Worldwide in compiling a retrospective collection of several hundred volumes, one librarian stated, "I turned to Worldwide for this project because I knew, from our previous approval plan experience, that their team had the inventory and expertise to customize lists to meet my library's needs. Their tiered plans allowed me to fine tune selections according to the needs of our university's art programs, and to expand our holdings to embrace a more global perspective."

As a first step in developing a retrospective collection, we now routinely offer to check a client's holdings through their online catalog to save their staff from having to eliminate from our offerings any titles they already own. And we also provide spreadsheet tools that assist clients in analyzing their tentative selections in various ways, allowing them to readily see how their budgeted funds are being allocated based on publisher, subject or type of publication.

Worldwide welcomes inquiries on how we might assist our library clients with retrospective collection development, especially at this time of year, when libraries approaching the end of their fiscal year may have funds that remain to be spent. And depending on the size of the collection, special discounts can be offered.



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New Titles 


To view all the new titles that we first listed in March, click here

To filter the list by subject, use our Advanced Search page and select "March 2018" from the Recent Arrivals menu in combination with any other parameter or keyword to obtain relevant results on specific subjects, or choose one of the main categories below.

By region:   

Asia   |  Europe   |  Middle East/North Africa   |  Latin America    
U.S.  |  Canada  |  Australia  |  Russia
Non-Western (traditional)    
Africa  |  Near and Middle East  |  Far East 
Oceania  |  Native North America
By medium:

Painting  |  Drawing  |  Prints  |  Sculpture
Photography  |  Video/Film/Performance  |  Installation Art          
Architecture  |  Interior Design  |  Graphic Design  |  Fashion
Computer Art  |   Textile/Fiber Arts 

By period:

300-1400   |  1400-1600  |  1600-1800  |  1800-1900  |  1900-1945
Post-1945  |  Post-1970  |  Post-1990  |  Post-2000

By topic:

Decorative Arts  |  Women Artists  |  Urban Planning  |  Design
African American Artists  |   Other Minority Artists

By approval plan:
(for more details on our approval plans, click here)

Basic Selections (Plan 01)
English textPlan 07  >  Plan 08  >  Plan 09  >  Plan 10
Foreign text  |  Foreign text highlight (Plan 12)
Pre-20th Century (Plan 05)  |  20th & 21st Centuries (Plan 06)

Supplemental Selections (Plan 02)
Pre-20th Century (Plan 04)  |  20th & 21st Centuries (Plan 03)

Special Order Selections

Additional Selections

By type of publisher:

Trade press  |  University press  |  Non-trade/Non-university press

By language of text:

English  |  French  |  German  |  Italian  |  Spanish

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

"Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" is a far-reaching and ambitious initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, related events take place from September, 2017, through January, 2018, at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles and San Diego to Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. Worldwide has closely monitored the events and tracked any new publications relating to them. For a complete listing, click here


Featured Publications

The Horvitz Collection

Ed. by Alvin L. Clark, Jr. 
Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, 2017. Published by Horvitz Collection, Boston. 
702 pp. with 735 ills. (307 col.). 31 x 25 cm. 
LC 2017-902506 
ISBN 9780991262519 
In English.
Hardcover $125.00
Worldwide Number: 38388 

Publisher's description:
"This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue provide the visitor and reader with an exploration of the "tradition and transitions" of manners and themes that formed and shifted throughout the art of eighteenth-century France. Examples of works that reveal both the concurrent and successive styles of the long eighteenth-century of French draftsmanship from Charles de La Fosse and Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet at the end of the seventeenth century to the genesis of the Rococo, which took the French School to its early maturity. Their students, particularly Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard and Hubert Robert, benefited from and greatly expanded upon this rich inheritance as some of their contemporaries simultaneously searched for a new, less florid mode of expression that eventually led to the Neoclassicism of Jacques-Louis David and his generation in the closing decades of the century.  

The wealth of this collection enables visitors to see a full array of the art made within these successive generations by well-known masters as well as by lesser-known artists who were often considered to be their equals in their own time. It also reveals the large variety of regional styles from artists working in important centers other than Paris. Although a large proportion of the drawings in the present exhibition is related to various stages in the genesis and presentation of complex historical, religious, and mythological works considered to be at the apex of the academic hierarchy, the variety of different kinds of drawings in The Horvitz Collection (academic studies, portraits, designs for book illustrations, genre, landscapes, and animal and nature studies) is reflected in both the show and in the catalogue's appendix. Additionally, for the first time, this exhibition also includes a selection of paintings and sculptures that provides an opportunity to highlight this less well-known aspect of the collection."

Simon Dinnerstein

Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2017. Published by First Street Editions, Brooklyn.
68 pp. with 38 col. ills. 30 x 27 cm. 
ISBN 9780692874486 
In English.
Paperbound $25.00
Worldwide Number: 84730

Publishers's description:
"The Fulbright Triptych is a richly detailed, collageIlike composite of family portrait, still life and landscape, as well as a meditation on the creation of art. Complex and boundary crossing, figurative and modernist, it deals with issues of process and perception, incorporates high and low art, and has multiple allusions to visual memory and identity. Its imagery (all executed in oil on wood panel) encompasses works by Ingres, Holbein, van Eyck, Bellini and Seurat, as well as children's art and photographs.

This monumental painting, which measures 14 feet by almost 7 feet, was begun in 1971, when the artist was living in Germany on a Fulbright Grant. It took him three years to complete and has long been considered by many to be a masterpiece of American art."

About Us  
For over 50 years, Worldwide Books has served academic, museum and public libraries as a specialized source for art exhibition catalogues issued by museums and galleries thro ugho ut the world. For the past two decade s Worldwide has also offered comprehensive coverage of new books on art, architecture, photography and design published by hundreds of leading American trade and university presses. Serving as a centralized source for a wide range of scholarly art books and exhibition catalogues, Worldwide is uniquely positioned to assist and guide art libraries in careful and efficient collection development.


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